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22/01/2014 at 17:07
to make a bedroom bigger?
I was thinking about when J gets older and he won't have what E has, which is a room big enough for her and her mates to play in and sleepover. His room is teeny, tiny, all it has in it is a single bed and a single wardrobe. All his toys are in storage boxes under his bed, our bed and in the toy cupboard in E's room.
His room is next to ours so I was thinking that if we knocked the wall down that joins the rooms and move it over a bit then he would have more room to play etc. It still wouldn't be a huge room but it would be big enough.
It would obviously make our room smaller but I can cope with that or if it was too small we could move E into our bedroom and us move into hers which is the biggest room.
So, if you've done it, how easy was it? How expensive was it? Did you need to move a door way? Would that be a problem as we would have too move our doorway back to where the wall would go.
22/01/2014 at 18:06
I've not moved a bedroom wall, just kitchen walls. Do you know if it is a loadbearing wall? that would increase the price quite a bit if you need to involve steel beams.
22/01/2014 at 18:31
No I don't think it is, it's just a wall that splits the two bedrooms.
22/01/2014 at 19:32
I've knocked our house about loads. It cost us about £1k to knock a wall down that was 10ft high by 12ft wide, however it was a supporting wall downstairs with a wall directly above upstairs so we had to get a huge beam. Is there no other way you can do it without pinching space from your room i.e move the door, pinch a bit of the hallway, pinch a bit of E's room? The only reason I ask is buyers tend to look for a large master bedroom if you look at all new builds the master bedroom is huge and seems to be as bigger selling point as the kitchen. However if it's what you want and that doesn't bother you go for it, we converted a bedroom to an ensuite knowing that it would effect resale but it made sense for us.
22/01/2014 at 19:45
We aren't in the master bedroom, E is in that one so we would be taking space from the second biggest bedroom which is a double. There is no other way to do it but I think it would be a better selling point actually as the box room is a waste of space really.
22/01/2014 at 19:46
we've (my husband!) has knocked down a brick panty wall in our kicthen and a cupboard on our landing. it was very messy, we had to repossession light switches(got an electrical to do this) and patch the celling artex/plaster, new skirting boards, the flooring needs replacing, the list goes on....
22/01/2014 at 20:36
We have just done this to make a room bigger. Our 4th bedroom (box room) was next to a separate toilet so we knocked this through to make the 4th box room bigger, we ends up turning the new box room into a bathroom as we could fit in the bath, sink, toilet and walk in wet room shower in that room and what was the bathroom is now the 4th bedroom, so it has made them all double bedrooms, we will be using the new 4th double bedroom as a playroom
23/01/2014 at 08:36
yoyo was it much hassle? How long did it take? Did you get a builder in to knock the wall down and if you don't mind me asking how much did it cos to knock the wall down, put a new one up and did you have to move doorways?
23/01/2014 at 09:44
It will depend on the type of wall you want to knock down. Do you know whether it is a brick wall or just a partition wall? So in our Victorian house I can tell which are the real walls by tapping on them - the brick walls sound more solid than the partition walls. If its a partition wall its going to be easier than a brick wall which will create more dust and dirt because it will be harder to get out.
Carole's got a good point in that you would have to look at the flooring - would you need to get more floorboards (this depends on the kind of floors you have in your house, obviously). Although we've just had a couple of floorboards repaired and putting them down didn't take very long (about half an hour or so in total). What then took the time was he had to put a sealant on top which took 24 hours to dry and we will at some point need to varnish them to match the rest of the room.
23/01/2014 at 10:34
Cedar its just a partition wall, not brick. I don't think we would need any more floorboards but even if we did its not a hassle as I've had a few replaced in the past. Its the doorway I'm thinking might be a problem.
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